Year 5 Autumn Term 1

English/PSHE – The Promise by Nicola Davies and Laura Carlin

We will use this text as a transition unit to help settle our pupils back into school.

This book and the work around it provides a variation on the myth of the Green Man for the modern age. The main character, a girl, who is hardened by the harsh urban environment that surrounds her is transformed into a revolutionary gardener by an unexpected event. The different learning activities include:

  • reading and discussing a book that is set in a harsh, urban landscape,
  • exploring people’s feelings and how these can be affected by their environment,
  • understand how characters can change in responses to changes in the environment, and how a seemingly small event can have a huge effect;
  • appreciate how a character changes through the course of a story;
  • discuss writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar;
  • progressively build a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures;
  • assess the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggest improvements.

English - Fox written by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Ron Brooks

The book supports the study of character development, encourages the deepening of reader response through the exploration of the issues and dilemmas expressed in the story and provides opportunities for reflection on themes of friendship, loyalty, betrayal, loss and hope.

Overall learning aims of this teaching sequence:

  • To explore, interpret and respond to a picture book
  • To study the language and writing style of an author in order to broaden knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and inform understanding of how effective application can determine the quality of a text
  • To consider the ways in which illustrations can deepen and enrich the meaning of a text and enhance the reader experience
  • To explore the actions, choices and motivations of characters and draw inferences to aid our understanding of them
  • To explore narrative plots and characters through role-play in order to deepen our understanding of and connection with the characters and themes of the book


This term will we cover the following areas in Maths:

  • read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1 000 000 and determine the value of each digit count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1 000 000
  • round any number up to 1 000 000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000
  • read Roman numerals to 1000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals
  • interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through zero
  • estimate and use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation
  • add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods (columnar addition and subtraction)
  • add and subtract numbers mentally with increasingly large numbers
  • use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, levels of accuracy
  • solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why

Science - Forces

In this unit children will learn about a variety of forces including gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction.

  • explore how simple mechanisms can be used to make work easier;
  • observe and explain how gravity causes an unsupported object to fall towards the Earth.
  • research the relative effects of the gravitational pull on other planets.
  • carry out a range of activities to identify the effects of friction, air resistance, and water resistance
  • consider ways of reducing water resistance through streamlining.
  • work scientifically to measure force using force meters
  • use results to form conclusions
  • plan how to carry out a fair test

Topic - Scream Machine

Hold on tight and get ready to roll! During this unit we will learn about the history of fairgrounds and the mechanisms and forces at play on different rides and will:

  • investigate roller coaster carriage designs
  • think about the structures and materials used in construction
  • sketch ideas for our own carriage design using cross-sectional and exploded diagrams to show details and safety features
  • draw a final design before adding colour and decoration to make it look authentic

We will also be learning about why Wicksteed Park was built, who was Charles Wicksteed and exploring more about Great Britain at the beginning of the 20th century.

RE - Hinduism: What can we learn from some aspects of the Hindu religion?

This unit introduces pupils to some of the key concepts of Hinduism. It looks at the Hindu belief in a Supreme Being (God) and how this belief is conveyed through practices and worship:

  • understand the place of ritual and festival in Hindu life, making links to their own experience of religious or family celebrations.
  • look below the surface of religious story and practice to think about the underlying religious beliefs and ideas.
  • consider Hindu practices and festivals in India and in the UK and how they are similar and different.
  • think about questions to do with identity, diversity, experience and commitments.

Music - Looping and remixing

In this engaging topic, children learn about how dance music is created, focusing particularly on the use of loops, and learn how to play a well-known song before putting a dance music spin on it to create their own versions.


Our French lesson address many skills:

  • Developing reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Preparing a performance of a French traditional tale
  • Language learning skills
  • Appreciation of songs and stories
  • Consolidate their learning from Year 4
  • Developing sentences – name age, where they live, family and pets
  • Learning about adjectives
  • Learning the importance of the verb Avoir – to have
  • Learn how to use a bilingual dictionary
  • Learn new vocabulary related to pets

Remember you can use the online resource Linguascope at home to practise.

PSHE – Being me in my world

Over this unit of work, the class will develop our learning charter and link to it the rights and responsibilities we have as members of Millbrook Junior School. We will explore:

  • facing new challenges positively and know how to set personal goal
  • understanding my rights and responsibilities as a British citizen and a member of my school
  • empathising with people in this country whose lives are different to my own
  • making choices about my own behaviour because I understand how rewards and consequences feel
  • understanding how an individual’s behaviour can impact on a group
  • contributing to the group and understand how we can function best as a whole
  • understanding how democracy and having a voice benefits the school community and know how to participate in this
  • understanding why our school community benefits from a Learning Charter and can help others to follow it

Computing – Online Safety

This term we will be learning how apps access personal information (both positive and negative) of online communication. How to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly, and that the information online about someone is not always factually true.   We will also look at the differences between online and offline bullying, and what to do if they ever experience bullying online.   And finally, how technology affects health and wellbeing and how to come up with ways to replace bad habits with good ones.


This term our PE sessions will be taking place outside. One will be led by Premier Sports and the by Mrs Williams where the children will use the outdoor gym equipment.


Year 5 Curriculum Information